A New Online Learning Experience from the Free Library

By Jamie W. RSS Tue, September 5, 2017

The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that beginning today we will offer free access to with your library card! is an online training and learning tool for business, software, technology, and creative skills. Offering over 10,000 training and development courses taught by industry experts, offers tutorials in five languages. You will find courses and training videos on everything from web design to media production, management to entrepreneurship, Photoshop to guitar, and much more. Take a look at some of the new content is excited about in the short video below:

These lessons and videos go far beyond what you might find on You Tube and are a great way to keep learning even when you can't get to the library in person. is available with your library card from your home or mobile device - anywhere you access the internet!  Get started with from our database page or our Digital Learning Portal

The first time you visit, you will be asked for your library card number and PIN (if you're new to the Free Library, you can request a library card online. If you are a current cardholder and have forgotten your library card or PIN number(s), you can retreive that information online as well). You will then be invited to register with using your name and email address. At this point, you're ready to begin learning!

Enjoy and let us know what you think of this new resource in the comments below. 

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When will become available to card users? I'm located in Michigan and am very interested in a card with access to Thank you!
Kari - Michigan
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello Kari - if you have a valid library card from the Free Library of Philadelphia, is available as of today. Visit the links to our database page or Digital Learning portal in the blog post above for access.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rezwan Rahman - Dhaka
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Beyond awesome!
Kathleen Turner - West Philadelphia
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This is so rad! Thank you!!
LJ Brubaker - Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I used this resource at my last company and found it to be extremely helpful for leveling up at work, and for fun stuff like digital photography. I'm super excited about this!
Pat Woods - West Philly
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I am so excited! I've been wanting to join, but have always found a hard time trying to make it fit into my budget! You made my day! Thank you!!
Maria K - Philadelphia
Friday, September 8, 2017

This is an amazing resource! Thank you!
Friday, September 8, 2017

I am very interested in a library card with free access to
Ashraf Unnisa Begum - Australia
Sunday, September 10, 2017

im ready and willing to learn and become sombody
bobby s. kopchinski - philadelphia (kensington)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I'm having problems accessing through both the database and digital learning portal. My Library card number and pin work fine to log into, Libby & Hoopla, but is telling me "Your request could not be processed. Check your card and PIN and try again. If problems persist, contact your library."
Dave M - Philadelphia
Friday, September 15, 2017

Hi Dave - we have not seen this error before with Lynda. If you are still having this issue would you please send us an email using the Contact Us link at the top of this page? That will put you in touch one-on-one with a librarian and we will be able to look into your account more closely. Thank you.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Friday, September 15, 2017

am interesting in the online courses.
Boybay wilson - Blackwell Regional library philadelphia
Friday, September 15, 2017

I am a fine artist and a CLINICAL Microbiologist interested in Online learning experiences
Daniel L.Perconte - Philadelphia
Saturday, September 16, 2017

This is awesome!
Robert Garner - Lititz
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Do we have access to Lynda on their iOS apps? I cannot figure out how to log in, or to get my account info to get the right info... I get the message: Your IP address is not associated with an active account. COntact your administrator or call (Lynda's number). Any suggestions?
Jesse Davison - West Chester
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello Jesse - yes, once you register as a user with the Free Library you can use the mobile app. However, you must begin by visiting through the link on the library's website and creating a username/password. Then you can add the app and register it with the same login credentials.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Thursday, October 5, 2017

I want to learn with the help of you
Ye htet aung - Ye u ,sagaing,myanmar
Monday, October 16, 2017

I have an expectation of privacy when I use government resources. I don't want my info being shared with commercial enterprises. I'd prefer the library stop adding more commercial data-mining enterprises into library services and resources. It's one thing to have media in your catalog. It's another to embed them library services and in direct me to commercial materials on linkdin, google, facebook, etc. and to require me to share my info with google, etc. etc. to use library resources.
Broth - New Jersey
Friday, October 20, 2017

I would love to be apart of this , please let me know how and when. Thanks so much.
Kristen Borman - Fishtown, Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I'm a huge fan of and had used it in the past to study a variety of subjects. I had to cancel my membership due to the cost. I couldn't be happier that the service is available for cardholders now!! Thank you so much. I have a lot to learn, and this will definitely come in handy.
Catalina S.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Very helpful. Thank you :)
Marie - Philadelphia
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This is awesome. Can't believe I didn't know about this until a year later
Jay - Philadelphia
Saturday, August 11, 2018

I love the FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA for this wealth of "show me", video tutorials!! has all that I need to go out and compete on any stage!
Lolo Lawrence - Philadelpia
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

I'm having the same issue that Dave M - Philadelphia Fri, September 15, 2017 had with his account. Is there a resolution to this issue? Thanks!
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hi Gail - We're sorry you're having this issue with Will you please send us an email using the ASK link at the top of this page to contact us using the Email Us feature? We will work you one-on-one to look into your account more closely. Thank you.
Jamie B - Philadelphia
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I would like to try, but i am having trouble. I can not get passed this page. Also if I get to the next one, I get sent back to this one. Please help! I am taking a class, but i find it is going too fast. Someone recommended this. thank you!
Margie C. - Upper Darby
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hi Margie C, - to get started, you need to go to our database page and choose from the list of resources we offer. Here is the link: - Once you click the link to Lynda there, we'll ask for your library card number and PIN. At this point you should be redirected to the full site. Click the 'Sign Up' link at the upper right of the screen to register and get started. If you have trouble, use the Contact Us at the bottom of this page to send an email and one of our librarians can work with you over email. Thanks!
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hello - has there recently been a change in the library's subscription to Lynda? I am unable to log in as of July 28, 2019 through the database page and choosing Lynda as described in the Feb 27 2019 post. When I try to log in the usual way with library card number and pin, and it leads me to the Lynda/LinkedIn learning home page but without actually logging in. Did the library's subscription become affected by the transition of Lynda to LinkedIn Learning? Any help is appreciated, thank you.
Cody - Philadelphia
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hi Cody, You should still be able to login to through the links provided here in this blog post and on our databases page. If you need additional assistance, please use the following link:
Web Admin - Philadelphia
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I want to do some elearning.
George Webber - Philadelphia
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How can access is it still available?
Jeffrey R. Pitts
Friday, October 11, 2019

Problem with cookie on freelibrary portal (moving from one page to another clean login cookie) and impossible to login on lynda portal (after put organization, library card number and pin, it will keep goin and then send to home page of lynda without be logged in). had maintenaince some hours ago. Something changed?
Travis - Philadelphia
Friday, October 11, 2019

This is NOT a priority. Is Lynda named after a generous donor?
Harriet Williams - Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jaclyn Mandes - philadelphia
Thursday, April 30, 2020

heba - cairo, Egypt
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Thank you
Dau - Africa
Thursday, March 11, 2021

I tried to access using my library card and pin and I was denied
John Savath - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Hi John - If you are still having this issue would you please send us an email using the Contact Us link at the top of this page? That will put you in touch one-on-one with a librarian and we will be able to look into your account more closely. Thank you.
Jamie W - Philadelphia
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

I've been using this service for a few months now, and today it said my account was upgraded to LinkedIn Learning and prompted me to sign in with my library card number. However, it's not recognizing my number/pin and is giving me this error code "7D/wx5Vlbhbg81+2MysAAA==" Thanks!
Sam - Philadelphia
Sunday, March 21, 2021

I am facing same issue. I cannot log in. Getting this error: QlME2JqibhYQSOQN2SoAAA==
Barbara - Philadelphia
Monday, March 22, 2021

Hi Sam and Barbara - is temporarily unavailable as we upgrade to LinkedIn Learning. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.
Jamie B. - Free Library of Philadelphia
Monday, March 22, 2021

I am using this for a class What will happens when it converts to linked in learning
Jarek Kaszowski - Philidelphia
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

I want online training
Bekema Gidissa - Philadelphia
Saturday, March 19, 2022

unable to log in to using my free library login info code:AAXlz6MyJFAOTNrsIR/eWA==
john case
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ahmed Nabil - Abu Hammad
Friday, December 2, 2022

I want to learn about microsoft 365 and excel
chitra Sharma - Victoria BC
Thursday, March 21, 2024